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Highways England to hold second consultation on expanding Bean and Ebbsfleet A2 junctions

By Daniel Green

Highways England is to hold a second public consultation to share the details of its latest project on the A2.

The government agency will be undertaking the survey, where there will be a series of public information exhibitions, from Wednesday, February 21, to Sunday, April 4, to provide people with the opportunity to view a proposal to provide additional capacity on the dual carriageway’s junctions at Bean and Ebbsfleet.

The scheme, which is jointly funded by the Department for Transport, with contributions from the Kent Thameside Strategic Transport Programme, and the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, aims to smooth traffic flow, improve journey times and increase safety, at the junctions.

Highways England are holding a second public consultation about expanding the Bean junction on the A2. Picture provided by google maps.
Highways England are holding a second public consultation about expanding the Bean junction on the A2. Picture provided by google maps.

At the Bean junction Highways England propose retaining the existing layout with the current roundabouts enlarged and controlled by traffic lights, along with a new bridge over the A2 for southbound traffic and a new slip road on to the A2 for eastbound traffic.

At the Ebbsfleet junction it hopes to enlarge the current roundabouts controlled by traffic lights while the road between the roundabouts will be widened to a dual carriageway.

The slip roads from the A2 will be retained and the slip roads to the A2 widened.

The announcement of a second consultation comes after Highways England held a previous one from January to March.

Subject to planning permission the scheme is scheduled to open between 2022 and 2023.

The public exhibitions are on Wednesday, February 21, from 2pm to 6pm at the Heritage Community Hall, Craylands Lane, Swanscombe; Saturday, February 24, from 10am to 3pm at Bean Youth and Community Centre, in the High Street, Dartford; Saturday, March 3, from 9am to 9pm at Bluewater Shopping Centre, Dartford; Saturday, March 10, from 10am to 3pm at Eastgate, Springhead Parkway, Northfleet; Thursday, March 25, from 7am to 9am and 3pm to 7pm at Ebbsfleet International Station, Dartford; and Saturday, March 17, from 10am to 2pm at Stone Pavilion, Hayes Road, Stone.

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